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Today: Thursday 18th November

In the times of austerity, how does the BBC manage to combine its right for independence and the accountability to the licence-fee payer - we talk to the BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons. Hundreds of people in Cornwall have spent the night in emergency accommodation after their homes were flooded yesterday. And the musicians inspired by the Frankenstein and Dracula stories.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: John Miles of Arup warns of the tightened regulation of deep water drilling which could see oil prices rise and threaten the UK economy. Robert Weissman, of the group Public Citizen, is asking President Obama to suspend the share sale at General Motors. And Emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology Brian Butterworth looks at why people find it difficult to understand the large numbers of global finance.

A team of experts from the EU, the IMF and the European Central Bank will arrive in Ireland today to examine the country's finances and discuss the form of assistance needed. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde debates whether an Irish bailout is now a certainty.

How is the housing benefit cut going to affect the 80,000 pensioners in private rented homes? Reporter Tom Bateman has been looking at the government's suggestion that the landlords should take up the slack.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The cap on skilled migrants coming to this country from outside the EU will be announced later today. Head of global immigration at PwC Legal, Julia Onslow-Cole, gives her analysis of the situation.

The government is considering a mass cull of badgers. Crossbench peer Lord Krebs is sceptical the move will help reduce levels of TB in cattle.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A number of Cornish villages are still awash this morning, hundreds of people are still unable to get home. Doreen Pooley, evacuee from St Blazey, describes the situation in her village. Lord Smith of the Environment Agency examines the efficiency of flood prevention efforts in England and Wales, amidst the spending cuts culture.

Paper review.

Physicists at Cern have for the first time managed to capture antimatter, in a breakthrough which could lead to greater understanding of the origins of the universe. Cern scientist Professor Paul Nolan explains the significance of the discovery.

Fifa is to announce what steps it will take regarding the corruption allegations made against two of its members involved in deciding the world cup bids for 2018. The campaign director for England's 2006 World Cup bid, Alec McGivan, examines the politics of football's governing body.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh - Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

The government says that people who receive housing benefit should not be living in homes that they could not afford if they were working. Housing minister Grant Shapps and Richard Price of the National Landlords Association analyse how the benefit cap will affect UK's pensioners.

The first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to be tried in a civilian court, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, has been found guilty of conspiracy to use an explosive device but cleared of 284 other charges. Lord Carlile says the verdict against Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Ghailani in a civilian court is "a great cause for satisfaction".

In the times of austerity, how does the BBC manage to combine its right for independence and accountability to the licence-fee payer? Chairman of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons examines the future of the BBC.

Two rather unusual versions of the Frankenstein and Dracula stories are being performed at the London Jazz Festival. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge talked to the shows' creators.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The government has made much of its dislike for its obligations under the Equality Act. Shadow equalities minister, Yvette Cooper, discusses the implications of scrapping equality law.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The head of the Irish Central Bank has said that Ireland could receive a "very substantial loan" to help put its economy on the right track. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports.

Across the occupied West Bank hundreds of thousands of Palestinian farmers are gathering in the last of the olive harvest. Middle East correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes describes how in the recent years the harvest has become a battle ground between Jewish settlers and Palestinians.

How trustworthy are weather forecasters? Environment analyst Roger Harrabin compares explains the latest in the BBC Weather Test.

State-owned China Telecom has rejected US claims that its servers "hijacked" highly sensitive internet traffic on US government and military websites earlier this year. Guardian's blogs editor Kevin Anderson outlines the background.



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